Creator of Mockingbird Lane Design
Hi! I'm Marina Coates. Welcome to Mockingbird Lane Design.
I'm a designer with a degree in architecture, who also specializes in creating CG [computer-generated] tours of the homes I design. After my kids were grown, I went back to school and graduated from the architecture program in 2012.
I have always had an absolute obsession with houses. All kinds. Every kind. Old and New. Large & Small.
But, nothing passions-me-up more than the homes I see on TV and in the movies. I have often missed the plot because I was poring over every detail of the set design going on in the background.
I am particularly drawn to the rich hues of the classic movies from the 50's and 60's that were dripping with deep, saturated colors. I always thought it looked as though the cinematographers had poured a thick layer of golden honey over each frame. There's a warmth and a glow to them that adds to the mood of the films.
We can learn great principles from cinematic design, that we can then bring into our own homes. After all, the cinema only has about 2 hours to tell us everything they want us to know about those characters, to set the tone of the film and fill in the blanks of the story. So, they have mastered the art of creating a mood and telling a story of the people who live in those homes. And because of this, good cinematic design is timeless design because it wasn't just following trends. It was about telling us a story.
If the homes on the screen were the real scene-stealers for you too, then you've come to the right place.
I have 2 shows on YouTube.
1. BEHIND THE SCENES - We get up close and personal with all of your favorite TV and movie homes. I give us CG tours of the homes and share fun facts and stories along the way.
You can watch any episode of BEHIND THE SCENES here:
2. CINEMATICALLY INSPIRED DESIGN - I take the design secrets found in the cinema and teach us how to easily bring those same principles into our own homes. There's a reason you fall in love with movie homes; come find out why.
You can watch any episode of CINEMATICALLY INSPIRED DESIGN here:
You can view some of my design work here: